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June 18: Biden’s Immigration Move

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1. Half A Million Immigrants Could Eventually Get US Citizenship Under New Plan From Biden

President Joe Biden is taking an expansive, election-year step to offer relief to potentially hundreds of thousands of immigrants without legal status in the U.S. — aiming to balance his own aggressive crackdown on the border earlier this month that enraged advocates and many Democratic lawmakers.

The White House announced Tuesday that the Biden administration will, in the coming months, allow certain spouses of U.S. citizens without legal status to apply for permanent residency and eventually, citizenship. The move could affect upwards of half a million immigrants, according to senior administration officials.” (AP)


Biden vs. Trump Remains Close, So Next Week’s Debate Offers Them An Opportunity. “The presidential election remains essentially tied as President Biden and former President Donald Trump prepare for their first televised debate next week.” (WVIA)

Cutler Says Democrats Charged Taxpayers For Two Biden Campaign Events At Capitol. “Pennsylvania House Republican Leader Bryan Cutler accused the state Department of General Services of spending taxpayer dollars on two events hosted by President Joe Biden’s reelection campaign at the Capitol this month.” (LNP)



2. Bipartisan Bill Hopes to Legalize Cannabis in PA

Recreational Marijuana

“Could recreational cannabis be coming to your area soon?

If a pair of Pennsylvania legislators have their way, the answer is yes.” (PoliticsPA)

  • Maryland Gov. Wes Moore Signs Order For More Than 175,000 Pardons For Marijuana Convictions. (AP)



The Debate Over School Vouchers In PA Is Back. Here’s Where The Controversial Program Stands. “And this year’s disagreement, with input from Pennsylvania lawmakers and celebrities including billionaire rapper Jay-Z, is heating up fast.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Pennsylvania’s Education Reform Recap. “Both legislative chambers left town this week after advancing sweeping educational reforms likely to wind up – in some form – woven into the state budget due June 30. While the plans don’t necessarily clash, Senate and House leaders do. The ideological strife will boil down to the estimated return on investment.” (The Center Square)


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3. A Guide To Pennsylvania’s Attorney General Race

Dave Sunday, Eugene DePasquale

“November’s general election features several marquee matchups with statewide implications, and while most eyes are on the presidential and U.S. Senate races, the outcome of the commonwealth’s row office races could have a significant impact on the state in the near future.

The party nominees for attorney general – former Democratic state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale and Republican York County District Attorney Dave Sunday – took their respective primaries with relative ease in April. Now, less than six months away from Election Day, both candidates are looking to set themselves apart and garner the widespread support needed to earn a statewide victory. ” (City & State)


This Controversial Montco Couple Wants to Repopulate The Earth — And Get Elected to the PA House. “Republican Simone Collins is running an unconventional campaign against state Rep. Joe Webster, a Montgomery County Democrat.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Ballot Tracking Technology Is On The Rise Across The US; Can It Work in Lancaster County? “An independent experiment run by LNP | LancasterOnline in April also showed a handful of unexplained Postal Service processing delays. Two of 62 sample pieces of ballot-size first-class mail — one sent from every post office in the county — took 12 days to reach their downtown Lancaster post office box destination.” (LNP)

Changes Could Be Coming To Philly’s Tax Structure. “But while there’s plenty of criticism, there’s little consensus on how the city should reshape its overall tax structure in a way that maintains revenue needed for city services.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Government Study Commission Might Start Its Review of County Charter This Week. “The commission has nine months from the time it convened, in May, to complete its review of the county’s form of government, according to the state home rule handbook.” (Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice)

Former PNC Bank President Sylvan M. ‘Sy’ Holzer Remembered For Philanthropic Work, Love of Pittsburgh. “Holzer, known for his civic leadership and philanthropic work, served as PNC’s president from 1997 until his retirement in late 2016. He worked for the bank for 45 years.” (Tribune-Review)



4. What’s On Your Mind


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5. Weinstein Named Miss Pennsylvania

2024 Miss Pennsylvania and award winners crowned photo 1

“Meet the new Miss Pennsylvania.

Page Weinstein, previously Miss Greater Pittsburgh, was crowned Miss Pennsylvania 2024 at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts in York on June 15.

Weinstein, 26, is a flight attendant who lives in Pittsburgh, and is training to earn her pilot’s license. Her advocacy work focuses on disability access and inclusion.” (PennLive)


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  1. Biden move to legalize immigrant spouses is a positive move for US families. Children should not fear their parent being deported and ripping apart intact families.


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